Ministry Facilitator

  • Be a key part of a missional faith community
  • 12 month initial contract, 4-5 days per week (flexible)
  • Manly, flexible hours

Small Boat Big Sea, a member of the Baptist Union NSW, is entering the next phase of its life and we’re looking for a gifted leader to work with our Overseers and Deacons in a full time role. We invite you to bring ideas, creativity, and adventure and let’s get some cool stuff done together!

Small Boat Big Sea (SBBS) began in 2003 and was built on the idea of a group of people who engage missionally with their community. The need for a missional expression is needed now more than ever before. We think the church has something to say about the fear being pedalled in the media, about intolerance of difference and lack of compassion for asylum seekers. We also believe that the church should celebrate the good things in our world, enjoying food, fun, music, art and creativity to name a few.  Over the years, our community has been known for trying out alternative style church, social justice activities, fostering the arts as well as exploring who Jesus is in the 21st century.

Small Boat Big Sea is a community of people who share a passion for life, creativity and justice. Families, couples, singles and a growing group of children and youth make up our community. We are seeking to build our community, both in numbers as well as in faith, wisdom and spiritual depth.  We seek to develop genuine Christian spirituality that connects deeply through place and space, beyond just Sundays. We meet together for ‘The Lounge’ on a Sunday evening at 5.30pm and run a Sunday School, Kids Ahoy, during that time. We also run a local playgroup 4 days per week, called Playtime, for 0-4 year olds and their carers at William Street Studios. SBBS employs staff for both Playtime and Kids Ahoy.

We’ve always valued building rich and enjoyable community together with shared meals, BBQs and picnics a core part of who we are. More recently we have begun hosting local and national bands and musicians through Parlour Gigs events. We are also looking at ways we can engage our wider local community with important issues, from refugees and asylum seekers to poverty, domestic violence and environmental issues.  This is also an important part of how we wish to educate our youth as they mature into young adults.

The Role

We are seeking a Ministry Facilitator to facilitate the ministries of Small Boat Big Sea to ensure spiritual development, growth and pastoral care and work with the community to create missional engagement. A significant part of the role would involve developing missional engagement, as well as youth ministry. Other areas include pastoral care, some teaching and shared oversight of our Sunday evening ‘lounge’ as well as some administrative duties.  Reporting to the Overseers, this role works closely with the Deacons in the outworking of these responsibilities. The successful applicant does not necessarily need to be ordained/ registered Baptist minister or pastor. Theological credentials and experience from other denominations is also acceptable.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support and develop missional engagement through Parlour gigs and other events
  • Develop and nurture youth and young people’s work in the community
  • Oversee Pastoral Care, ministry areas and discipleship groups for the community
  • Plan and overseer our weekly Lounge meeting (Sunday evenings) in consultation with overseers.
  • Coordinate teaching in the Lounge as well as teach each month

Journey with our unique community as we seek to love God, image Jesus and breathe the Spirit together.

Selection Criteria

  • A committed Christian
  • Demonstrated experience in a pastoral and teaching role
  • Theologically trained
  • Strong commitment to Small Boat Big Sea and its vision, mission and values
  • Attend Small Boat Big Sea
  • Open to the Holy Spirit
  • Ability to work with and relate to others in the church ministry context
  • Ability to help people recognise their own giftings and how they might put them to use
  • Demonstrated relationship building and negotiation skills
  • Collaborative and consultative
  • Team builder and motivator
  • Demonstrated pastoral care skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to time manage, self-direct and take initiate

 Desirable qualification, skills, knowledge and experience

  • Ability to use creativity to engage people on the spiritual journey

Please submit applications by email admin@smallboatbigsea.orgApplications close on 15 December 2017.  Complete applications must include responding to the essential criteria and a CV.

To be eligible for employment with Small Boat Big Sea you must be legally entitled to work in Australia and have satisfactory background checks prior to employment, such as mandatory police check and where appropriate working with children check.

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